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The Challenge at Goat Hill Park Welcomes You!

Are you ready for a Challenge?  Do you think you can tame the Goat?  2019 will mark the 7th installation of The Challenge at Goat Hill Park – Driven by Innova, held in Oceanside, California on May 3-5, 2019.  In 2019 The Challenge is stepping up to A-tier status for the combined MPO/FPO field with a parallel 2-day B-tier for other Pro and Am players.  A minimum of $4,000 in added cash is earmarked for the Pro side of the tournament, with ample player packs and awards available for our Ams.  And of course, the coveted “Goat Trophies” for top finishers.

Players choosing to take on the Goat will get a chance to experience the Par 70, nearly 12,000-foot disc golf layout that winds around the golf course known as Goat Hill Park.  The “Goat Hill” portion of the venue name tells you most of what you need to know about the course:  it’s tough, ornery and features lots of hills to chew players up.  What isn’t mentioned is the wind – a steady sea breeze coming off the Pacific Ocean (in view from several holes) that really picks up in the afternoon, just in time for lead cards.  “Park” was add to the name to reflect the open, inviting, relaxing vibe that embraces the venue.  Where else can you see ball golfers and disc golfers with their dogs on leash beside them as they play 18?

Registration for The Challenge will open on DGU in mid-January and first accommodate DGPT card holders, followed by ratings-based tiers for other Pros.  All players will be invited to the Friday evening Welcome and Players Party held on-site at Goat Hill Park, where we’ll make use of the patio area to enjoy disc-themed games, snacks and a sampling of some of San Diego County’s best craft beers.  We will have three rounds live MPO/FPO scoring by UDisc and post-production video coverage of the event. If you want to see what Goat Hill Park looks like on video check out CCDG’s recent coverage of the final round of the FLYR Open, available on YouTube.

So as you’re planning your disc golf travel schedule for 2019, include a swing through sunny San Diego to Goat Hill Park.  We’re snuggled in between the Glass Blown Open and the San Francisco Open, ready to host the best in the sport and build upon the rich disc golf history of Southern California.

Thomas Gilbert Tackles the Goat!

Canadian Thomas Gilbert throws a disc golf disc, mouth wide open.

The strongest field in the 7 year history of The Challenge at Goat Hill Park – Driven by Innova descended on Oceanside the weekend of May 3-5, 2019, and when the last putt fell and the post-tournament concert cranked up the volume, Canadian Thomas Gilbert walked away with the championship and the tallest of the Goat trophies, topping a field of 67 Open players in this Disc Golf Pro Tour Test Event. Gilbert strung together rounds of 57, 58 and 59 (rated 1049, 1042 and 1035) for a total of 174 on the par-69 championship Disc Goat layout. These were the hot scores for rounds 1 and 2 and the second-best score for the final round, giving Gilbert a 33-under-par, 5-shot victory over second-place Seppo Paju (28-under, 179) with three more strokes separating Seppo with third-place-tied Kevin Jones and A.J. Risley (25-under, 182).

Long-throwing Jennifer Allen from Phoenix, AZ came out on top of the 5-player pro women’s field, carding a 1001-rated 64 in the first round on her way to a 2-under par 202 total and a dominating 39 throw margin. San Diego local Natalie Brown came on top of the close battle for second place.

Thomas jumped out to a first round lead with that 57, two shots ahead of Seppo and A.J. and then extended his lead by two more throws after round two. His combination of long-bomber distance (Boss, Destroyer) and clutch putting (Yeti Pro Aviar) in the afternoon ocean breeze across all three days was the combination that gave him the win. Gilbert was third in fairway hit percentage (92%), behind only Risley (95%) and Clint Calvin (94%), led the field in Circle 1 in regulation (72%) and was 5th (82%) in Circle 1X putting (Eric Oakley‘s 92% was the best). Full-field results for the 3-day A-Tier event can be found on the PDGA website, with additional stats on both the A-Tier players and the Goat Hill Park course at UDiscLive.com.

Thomas Gilbert interviewed just after his win at The Challenge – Courtesy of Innova Disc Golf

One hundred eighty-seven players participated in this year’s Challenge. Along with the Men’s Pro Open and Women’s Pro Open divisions that played three days, winners were crowned in eleven other divisions on the two-day side of the tournament. Those winners are:

Check out complete full-round video coverage of the feature card (Round 1) and lead cards (Round 2 & 3) filmed by Central Coast Disc Golf on our “Check Out the Course” page. Many thanks to Goat Hill Park for their hospitality and to our title sponsor, Innova-Champion Discs for their tremendous support in 2019.

Course Rules Sheets

The course rules document, in pdf format, is available for download here. There are three separate pages, each page is appropriate for one of the following tee pad groups:

Blue Tees: MPO

White Tees: FPO, MP40, MP50, MP60, MA1, MA40

Red Tees: FA1, FA2, MA2, MA3, MA50, MA60

All golf greens are OB, play next shot from last spot in-bounds. Over property fence line or driving range screen are OB, play next shot from last spot in-bounds. All sand bunkers are Hazards, play next shot from standard lie in hazard with one stroke penalty. Missed mandatories incur one stroke penalty, play next shot from marked drop zone.

2-meter rule IS in effect.

#TheChallenge – FAQ’s

Q – 1 – When will tee times be posted?

A1 – Friday tee times for MPO/FPO are scheduled to be posted at 5pm Wednesday. Saturday tee times for all other divisions are scheduled to be posted Thursday at 5pm.

Q2 – When do the Pros play on Friday?

A2 – Tee times begin at 8am on Friday for MPO/FPO.

Q3 – When is the Player’s Party?

A3 – Friday from 6-9pm. We will have a Hawaiian BBQ buffet prepared by Chad Fukuda and Z Cafe for all registered players and the unveiling of our “Challenge the Goat Amber” beer from Yellhaus (at a modest price). If you are not a registered player and want to eat, buffet wristbands will be available for $10.

Q4 – I hear we have to pay to come watch. What’s up with that?

A4 – Renting out a golf course for the weekend is not cheap. We’re asking spectators who are being entertained by our event to pitch in a little. No spectator charge on Friday. Saturday and Sunday: $5 per day (includes a beverage ticket) or you can get the 2-day VIP pass, which includes a VIP lanyard/badge, beverage ticket and a tournament-stamp disc from Innova Disc Golf (Jet Black DX Aviar or Glow Champion VRoc).

The Challenge – Weekend Tee Time Projections

These are projections – there will be minor modifications as the number of players in divisions shifts with drops and adds. Official tee times for MPO/FPO will be posted on PDGA.com Wednesday at 5pm. Official tee times for all other divisions will be posted on PDGA.com Thursday at 5pm.

#Tee time
18:00 AMMA3
28:08 AMMA3
38:16 AMMA3
48:24 AMMA2
58:32 AMMA2
68:40 AMMA2
78:48 AMFA2
88:56 AMFA1
99:04 AMMA60
109:12 AMMA50
119:20 AMMA50
129:28 AMMA40
139:36 AMMA40
149:44 AMMA1
159:52 AMMA1
1610:00 AMMA1
1710:08 AMMA1
1810:16 AMMA1
1910:24 AMMA1
2010:32 AMMP60
2110:40 AMMP50
2210:48 AMMP50
2310:56 AMMP40
2411:04 AMMP40
2511:12 AMMP40
2611:20 AMFPO
2711:28 AMMPO
2811:36 AMMPO
2911:44 AMMPO
3011:52 AMMPO
3112:00 PMMPO
3212:08 PMMPO
3312:16 PMMPO
3412:24 PMMPO
3512:32 PMMPO
3612:40 PMMPO
3712:48 PMMPO
3812:56 PMMPO
391:04 PMMPO
401:12 PMMPO
411:20 PMMPO
421:28 PMMPO
431:36 PMMPO
441:44 PMMPO
451:52 PMMPO
462:00 PMMPO
472:08 PMMPO
482:16 PMMPO
492:24 PMMPO
502:32 PMMPO

April Goat Hill Park/San Diego Aces Monthly Results

71 players came out for the first Goat Hill Park monthly of 2019, many looking for a warm-up for The Challenge, coming up on May 3-5. Results are listed below:

NameDivisionScore Payout 
Brandie MyersLadies’ Open83 $       10
Natalie BrownLadies’ Open89
Rachel TragerLadies’ Adv85 $       20
Danielle BellLadies’ Adv86 $         3
Kaili PetersenLadies’ Adv86 $         3
Cindy Jin-BergLadies’ Adv92
Ashley CaseLadies’ Adv99
Garrett TapkenMen’s Open63 $     100
Marc JarvisMen’s Open64 $       75
George SpracklenMen’s Open65 $       50
Carlos CaballeroMen’s Open66
Scott MillerMen’s Open67
Buddy TrittMen’s Open68
Josh JuncalMen’s Open68
Joseph BrunoMen’s Open69
Aaron AlarconMen’s Open69
Alex GerlockMen’s Open71
Max NicholsMen’s Open71
Michael LustMen’s Open72
Jesse HendersonMen’s Open72
Michael BrownMen’s Open73
Rusty EdwardsAdv63 $     100
Michael WestermanAdv66 $       70
Brian ElliottAdv67 $       40
Kevin GomezAdv67 $       40
Mike DesparsAdv69 $         5
Shane DehnerAdv69 $         5
David CaseAdv69 $         5
Trevan AllisonAdv69 $         5
Scott TrulliiAdv70
Jerry JonesAdv71
Jon BergAdv71
Kyle O’NeillAdv71
Evan TaylorAdv71
Alex NicholsAdv72
Nin ChauAdv72
Chase ChamberlainAdv73
Hunter RampAdv73
Isaiah SpracklenAdv73
Jimmy BellAdv73
Brandon SapiaAdv75
Jimmy ToweyAdv75
Andrew AllenAdv76
Dino ArellanoAdv76
Jeff NicholsAdv77
Eric ShanahanAdv78
Mike ReevesAdv80
Randy WylotAdv80
Matthew PecosAdv82
Daniel QuezadaInt62 $       45
Guy SuttonInt64 $       30
Brett MelnickInt66 $       15
Layne SuttonInt66 $       15
Jeff LynchInt67
Alex RussellInt68
Cris BangaoilInt69
Erik PetersenInt69
Brentt DellekInt71
Tom VincentInt71
Calvin OtjenInt72
Miguel CastilloInt72
Ryan WaltersInt72
Ethan VanAntwerpInt72
Cameron BlasInt73
Miguel AmbrizInt73
P.J. JaarsmaInt74
Glen BergInt75
Lawrence MendozaInt78
Derek SedlacekInt85
Cristian MedinaRec74 $       15
Chris SaldanaRec97

Johnny Discgolf Interviews AJ Risley

It’s Glass Blown Open week in Emporia, KS and Johnny Discgolf is on the scene interviewing bunches of top players in his very laid back yet eager style. Here’s an interview he did with Goat Hill Park local (and son of the TD) AJ Risley where they talk a bit about the Goat and our upcoming tournament. The video is cued up to start right where they begin talking about The Challenge, but if you’re a fan of the “Loose Cannon” go back and listen to the whole interview. Enjoy!

Nice pic!